Prayers For Worship September 2010

PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP September 5, 2010
Come, let us worship God.
Let us be awed by His Presence.
Let us be shaped by His Standards.
Let us be enlightened by His Wisdom.
Let us be mobilized by His Spirit.

Penitential Prayer
We confess, Lord, that we are prone by nature and habit to make the wrong choices.

We choose independence instead of
We choose retaliation instead of
We choose wide roads instead of narrow
Pardon us Father, for our lack of commitment,
and lead us in the difficult way of a true disciple.

Return from God’s house, remembering that true worship is not just honoring God in this place. True worship is to honor Him in the school and home, to walk His way in the factory and place of business, and to treat with justice and dignity all His children.

PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP September 12, 2010
The Lord our God is a welcoming God,
standing with arms outstretched to those who return.
The Lord our God is a seeking God,
calling in love to those who are wandering.
The Lord our God is a hearing God,
with ears that are open to our prayers of need and our hymns of praise.

Penitential Prayer
We acknowledge, Lord that we are very much like the sheep whom You characterized as having wandered away.

We tend to put our heads down and follow one tuft of
grass after another, without lifting our eyes to see
which direction we are going.
We listen to the voice of other shepherds, whose intention
is to use us for their own purposes.
We allow ourselves to get caught in the under brush and
rocky crevices of life.
We take lightly the sacrifice You have made for us when
You warded off the predator who would destroy our souls.

Forgive us, we pray, for our wanderings, and encourage us by Your gentle invitation to follow You in confidence and obedience.

Farewell, friends in Christ.
Return to your homes
ecure in the knowledge that God loves you
and that you are part of His family.
May you return again next week,
having fulfilled God’s purpose in your life.

PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP September 19, 2010
We who are the beneficiaries of God’s Grace
have come here to worship Him
and to find our place in His Divine Plan.

Penitential Prayer
We confess that we are much like those who are constantly
tempted to place their trust in false idols.
We find it tempting to worship money, believing that it
will buy what we really want in life.
We are prone to worship power, thinking that through us
alone we will overcome our enemies.

Forgive us, Lord, for our misplaced trust in the creature rather than the Creator.

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abiding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”

PRAYERS FOR WORSHIP September 26, 2010
We have come to experience the fullness of God’s Love
in this present moment.
We have come to renew our expectation of God’s Love
in the eternal future.
We have come with heart felt dreams of the new heaven
and the new earth to come.

We have come to thank God for the experience of His abiding Love in this moment of Grace, and for the promise of eternal life in His Coming Kingdom.

Penitential Prayer
Lord, by Your Grace that we receive in this present moment, we know too that …
if it is guidance we need,
guidance will be offered;
if it is judgment we need,
judgment will be rendered;
if it is forgiveness we need,
forgiveness will be given.

Lord, by Your Grace which we receive in this present moment, forgive us for our selfishness, our insensitivity and our hardness of heart.

Praise God from the rooftops!
He is our journey’s end;
He is our heart’s desire;
He is our abiding Hope;
He is our unending Love.

Praise God from the rooftops!

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